#FMFS 2021 Summit Spotlight: ATCC – Cryptocurrency Exchange Panel

The Anti-Human Trafficking Intelligence Initiative’s 2021 Virtual Summit brings with it an incredible lineup of expert speakers. 

It is our distinct pleasure to introduce you to our Anti-Human Trafficking Cryptocurrency Consortium – Crypto Exchange Panelists, as part of our #FMFS2021Summit blog series.


Moderator: Pamela Clegg 

Director of Financial Investigation and Education, CipherTrace 

Pamela brings decades of experience to our Advisory Council. She is a US-based cryptocurrency intelligence investigator and analyst, a financial crimes investigator, as well as a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). Her solid vantage point is further shaped through channeling her expertise in banking, investigations and working for the US Government. 

She is a former BSA Officer and Information Security Officer for a large community bank. In addition to that experience, she leverages her 10+ years of international investigations, due diligence and operations work (mostly in Latin America with USG) to help #FollowMoneyFightSlavery alongside Team ATII. 

Pamela has been a strong ally since ATII’s inception in August of 2019, and has opened many doors for us.  We love collaborating with her and look forward to many more opportunities to do so. She was one of the first to raise her hand to join the Anti-Human Trafficking Cryptocurrency Consortium (ATCC) spearheaded by Aaron Kahler, our CEO.  This project is in its inception phase.  Thank you Pamela, we are so thankful for your alliance.


Lana Schwartzman 

Chief Compliance Officer, Paxful 

Lana has more than 16 years of experience specializing in compliance related to BSA/AML and OFAC regulations and more recently specific to cryptocurrency. Within that time, she spent 7 years at Grant Thornton LLP in the Regulatory Risk Group where she focused on the development and enhancement of BSA/AML programs by managing the annual independent audit and testing, revising language for policies and procedures, and prioritizing other areas of improvement. She assessed and developed the KYC onboarding along with the BSA/AML Programs for various cryptocurrency exchanges, financial institutions and foreign banking organizations. Lana is a known subject matter expert in regulations and compliance for cryptocurrency companies and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) and obtained her certification for ACAMS Virtual Currency.  


John Kothanek 

Senior Director of Global Intelligence/Investigations, Coinbase 

As a Senior Director of Global Intelligence/Investigations for Coinbase, John provides incredible service by setting up and managing global teams by providing best in class training and investigative support. As an enhancement to his work products he produces strategic intelligence and concise briefings to leadership to increase the effectiveness of risk based decision making. John’s service extends beyond Coinbase into all levels of law enforcement to support ongoing investigations. 


Elias Kokaly

Bittrex, Special Investigations Lead

Elias serves as the Special Investigations Team Lead at Bittrex. In this role, he provides investigative support on severe cases, as well as manages special projects. In addition, Elias is the department liaison with law enforcement and manages all the LE inquiries. Prior to Bittrex, his experiences include political campaigns, and the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives. Elias is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS)  and holds certifications in Blockchain Forensic tools.


Samuel Lim 

Group Chief Compliance Officer, Binance 

Samuel Lim is the current Chief Compliance Officer of Binance where he covers group-level compliance strategies, performs global regulatory outreach and strengthens the company’s risk framework. Throughout his time at Binance, he successfully set up Binance Singapore and has presented at events hosted by the United Nations, Europol and OECD. 

Apart from compliance work, Samuel has also launched two stablecoins for Binance, BUSD, a USD denominated stablecoin which is the 4th largest USD stablecoin in the world and BGBP, a GBP denominated stablecoin. Samuel has been featured on Forbes and Fortune magazines for his work on improving compliance within the blockchain industry together with partnering firms such as Chainalysis, Elliptic, Ciphertrace and Identitymind. 

Prior to joining Binance, Samuel worked for several investment banks such as Barclays, J.P. Morgan and Deutsche Bank as a compliance professional for 10 years with coverage in investment, corporate and private banking. Some of his notable initiatives include the U.S. consent order remediation, FATCA CRS enactment, Huaxia Bank Co Limited deal advisory compliance component (USD 3.973b, Deutsche Bank 2015). Samuel holds a Bachelor of Mass Communications and MBA from Western Australia. 


And with this panel covering such an emerging topic as crypto, they definitely do not lack packing a powerful punch. It is certain to form broader partnerships towards our anti-trafficking initiatives.  We feel incredibly fortunate to have each person on our ATCC Crypto Exchange panel speaking at the First Annual Follow Money Fight Slavery 2021 Virtual Summit!